2019 Mated Greek Carniolan Queens from £36 deposit £5
Mated Carniolan Queen Bee - Apis Mellifera Carnica
About Apis Mellifera Carnica
We are now taking reservation for 2019 mated carniolan queens. £5 deposit is paid to reserve your queen, the balance of £31 will be invoiced when the queens are ready. Please do bear in mind the dates are provisional and the weeks may slip back depending on the weather. As soon as we have information on dates we will email you with an update.
The Carniolan bees are well suited to our UK climate, they over-winter well and carry a smaller cluster of bees through the coldest periods, which is a clever strategy as this means they do not need quite as much food as some of the other breeds and strains of bees available. They have a superb temperament, we have received so many emails telling us how the Carniolan bees are a pleasure to handle and require very little or no smoke during a hive inspection.
Affectionately known as the "Grey Grizzly Bee", the Carniolan has excellent hive orientation and flying ability adapted from its lineage in the diverse region of Carniola. The Carniolan is a calm character and is now probably the most popular breed of bee kept by non-commercial keepers.
They are not known as "robbing bees" and they also have a low tendency to propolise everything in sight, which makes your inspections much easier.
With very rapid colony development in the spring, good disease resistance, and their famous calm temperament, the Carniolan bee is a great all-rounder that is very hard to beat.
We highly recommend this breed to newcomers and experienced bee keepers as they are a joy to work with and can produce high quality honey for your reward.
These F1 Carnica Queens are breed by our Greek breeder. They are a family run business who have been raising queens for many generations. All our queens are naturally open mated. We do not sell artificially inseminated queens (AI).
All our queens come marked, Green for 2019, we do not clip wings.
About delivery & Ordering
Our first are available from around early April but this is weather dependant. Whilst we will do our best to send the queens to week you request, we cannot always guarantee this. We do however keep you informed of any delays by email and we also email when the order is dispatched.
We cannot specify the day of the week your queen will be sent out, but they are usually ready towards the end of the week.
- 1st class post no extra cost
- 1st class signed £3.05 - you need to sign for this service
- Guaranteed next day delivery £7.00 - you need to sign for this service
- Orders of 4 or more queens posted together will be sent Guaranteed next day at no extra cost - you will need to sign for them
Any queen found dead on arrival will be replaced free of charge providing we are contacted immediately, either by email or telephone and the cage is returned unopened the same day. We will replace a dead queen once only.
Prices are correct at the time of printing and are subject to change.
Any queen found dead on arrival will be replaced free of charge providing the cage is returned unopened, immediately and we are contacted via email or telephone the same day. A queen will be replaced once only.
If you need any further advice about the queens you can contact either myself or Rob. Information about queen introduction can be found here.
Becky & Rob
You may also consider using a queen introduction cage; this cage fits directly onto a comb with brood and increases the acceptance rate of the queens.
We request that all buyers of bees and queens register their colonies with Beebase the National Bee Unit website. It is designed for beekeepers and also supports Defra, WAG and Scotland's Bee Health Programmes along with the Healthy Bees Plan, all of which help to protect and sustain our valuable national bee stocks. There are no costs involved with registering with Beebase, instead it gives you, the beekeeper, the security to know that should a bee health problem arise in your area, your local bee inspector will notify you about it, and if necessary come and inspect your colonies, free of charge.
By buying your bees and queens from us you are giving us permission to pass your details on the NBU if they request this information from us. If you don't give us permission to pass you details onto them in the event they request them then please let us know at the time of ordering.